New York at Les Douches

Les Douches La Galerie hosts "New York," a group exhibition of documentary photographers including some rare vintage prints by Berenice Abbott, Tom Arndt, Arlene Gottfried, Ernst Haas, Helen Levitt, Vivian Maier, Ray Metzker, Louis Stettner and Sabine Weiss (until May 22).

Placed side by side one sees a juxtaposition ...


Velázquez at the Grand Palais

Born in Seville in 1599, Velázquez is one of the most important figures in the history of art. He was the official artist to King Philip IV at a time when Spain dominated the world and was a contemporary of van Dyck, Bernini and Zubaran. Paris' Grand Palais features an overview of his work from his beginnings in ...


The Glow of Paris

With stunning black and white photos in the Ansel Adams tradition and stories about Paris' legendary bridges, "The Glow of Paris, The Bridges of Paris at Night" is a real Paris book gem.  Shooting in the venerable film tradition Gary Zuercher's considerable camera skills bring to life the city's storied bridges and ...


The Tudors

Early English Renaissance is revisited with "The Tudors" exhibition at Musée du Luxembourg (until July 19, 2015). The exhibition (paintings, books and jewelry) focuses on this legendary monarchy which reigned in England between 1485 and 1603. First shown at the London's National Portrait Gallery it brings together the ...


Paris Magnum at Hotel de Ville

Paris as seen by thirty Magnum photographers is a free exhibition at the Hotel de Ville (until April 25, 2015). The legendary Magnum photo agency, founded in 1947 by Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger, is an international photo cooperative owned by its members. Bresson once ...


Mark Lewis, Above and Below

Canadian documentary art videographer Mark Lewis (born 1958) exhibits seven mini movies at Le Bal including his signature "Above and Below the Minhocão "(2014), "Cold Morning" (2009) and "Cigarette Smoker at the Cafe Grazynka Warsaw" (2010). To get an idea of Lewis' silent films imagine William Eggleston and Stephen ...


Paris' Swinging Gypsy Jazz Scene

Originating in the suburbs of Paris in the 1930s, this distinctively energetic style of jazz was created by the legendary Django Reinhardt, who played with fellow gypsy musicians in Parisian jazz haunts during the 1930s and 1940s. Reinhardt grew up in a caravan in the Parisian suburbs and famously lost the use of two ...


Unbuttoning Fashion

In the 17th century buttons were so precious that the kings of France attempted to regulate their number and use. Buttons meet fashion with an exhibition— Déboutonner la Mode—featuring over 3000 buttons from the amazing collection of Loic Allio at Paris' Musée des Arts Décoratifs (to July 19, 2015).

This is not a bunch ...


Best Baguette in Paris 2015

The prize for the best traditional style Baguette in Paris (Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris) was recently awarded  to a Senegal born baker Djibril Bodian  working at Le Grenier à Pain located in Monmartre (38 rue des Abbesses, 75018). This is the second win for Bodian. He ...


Photography... Qu'est-ce que c'est?

The new Pompidou Center photography gallery is hosting an exhibition (until June 1st) probing the question "What is Photography?" Sir John Herschel one of the inventors of photography called it "writing with light." William Henry Fox Talbot another pioneer called his invention sun pictures.

 "Qu'est-ce que la ...


Florence Henri, Mirror of the Avant-Garde

"What I want above all in photography is to compose the image as I do with paintings..." said Florence Henri in 1927. The American born Paris-based painter did just that as she turned her attention to photography that year after taking a summer course at Moholy-Nagy's  legendary Bauhaus.

With "Miroir des Avant-Gardes, ...


David Poe's French Kisses

A new book of short stories "French Kisses" by David Poe draws on his thirty years living the expatriate life in France. His well crafted stories have the taste of a mature wine. He is clearly someone who knows the culture here and is a man who knows what you get living a life abroad... and also what one gives up with ...


Loire Plein Air Painting Workshop

Treat yourself to a week of painting taught by Tom Hughes May 16-23, 2015 while discovering the magical troglodyte village of Trôo. Perched above the river Loire in the northern Loire Valley this remarkable village features unique cave houses dug into the hillside that provide stunning views over the village, river and ...


Paris' Free Museums

With over 30 million visitors a year, Paris is the world’s most visited city. Among its many attractions are its 153 museums, which showcase an incredibly diverse collection of art from all around the world. In a bid to widen accessibility to this impressive cultural heritage, the city of Paris has allowed free ...


English-speaking Paris

Moving Paris presents bi-weekly readings of original unpublished stage and screenplays. Spring schedule: Deirdre Ruth Ryan with two one-act stage plays (Dance with Me & Jane Smith, March 29,  "The Nightgown" Christopher Lord "The Nightgown" on April 19. "The Second Mouse" Rita Anderson on June 14. Free admission. ...

  

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